Forecast Updated at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, January, 11th

Peoria, Ill. (WMBD) — A storm system moving out of California will bring rain and a period of snow to Central Illinois Wednesday night and Thursday. Increasing winds and falling temperatures are expected on the backend of the storm sending temperatures closer to average for the weekend.

Key Takeaways

  • Rain showers develop Wednesday night
  • Change over to snow from west to east Thursday morning
  • 30 mph wind gusts Thursday afternoon
  • Additional snow showers possible Thursday night

The track of the incoming storm has shifted further south which will likely result in less precipitation falling north of a Macomb to Pontiac line, at least through Thursday morning.

An area of low pressure will begin to move out of the Central Plains and into the Great Lakes Wednesday night and Thursday. Temperatures will be warm enough to support rain tonight with a brief change over to snow possible Thursday morning. However, with the storm tracking further south there will be less of an opportunity for any snow to accumulate.

Another wave will bring scattered snow flurries and snow showers to area Thursday night into early Friday morning, mainly between 6 pm and 3 am. This will likely be the best chance for snow to accumulate across the region with snow accumulations remaining below 1 inch. With snow falling at night, snow is likely to stick to area roads likely resulting in slippery travel for parts of the area during the Friday morning commute.